Sacred Bamboo

Nandina domestica

Sacred Bamboo Nandina domestica is an evergreen erect shrub (8′ X 4′) introduced as an ornamental to the U.S. from East Asia and India in the early 1800s. It’s classified by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a Tier II invasive species defined as “currently causing moderately negative impacts on wildlife or natural communities in Louisiana”.

It spreads by root sprouts and animal-dispersed seeds. It is shade tolerant, which allows Sacred Bamboo to invade shady woodlands as well as forest edges. Sacred Bamboo is planted widely as an ornamental and often escapes to natural areas.

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